Meeting Minutes
 
 

JUNE   5, 2018 MINUTES                                              

                     

President Neil Ecker called the June 5, 2018 regular council meeting of the Biglerville Borough Council to order at 7:00 p.m.   

                                                                                                                                           

The following council members were present: Neil O. Ecker, John A. Angstadt, Melinda Warren Elnaggar, Robert Smith, Robert E. Guise, Janet L. Gliem, Robert Pantaleo and Mayor Christine Ecker.  

 

Others present were:  Doug Hays, Sewer/Water Operator; Peggy Williams, Gettysburg Times Reporter; Gary Lanious, Police Chief; Bernard Yannetti, Solicitor; Tim Knoebel, Engineer; Attorney Robert Campbell and Julie Barbour; Representatives for Biglerville Heights Development on Hillcrest Drive; Dave Thomas, Representative for The Thomas Brothers Country Store.

 

ANGSTADT MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MAY 1, 2018 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES.  ELNAGGAR SECONDED THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO BE HEARD:  President Ecker called on Attorney Robert Campbell and Julie Barbour to discuss three (3) lots located in the Biglerville Heights subdivision that were not approved on the original plans.  The three lots are Lot #25, Lot #27, and #28.  The council discussed if the lots are located in Butler Township or Biglerville Borough since the municipal line goes through these lots.  Yannetti asked Campbell to verify with the county which municipality was receiving the real estate taxes.  Campbell stated that Barbour will extend the road way in front of Lot #27 and #28 but would like to have an inter-municipal agreement with Butler Township that the borough will plow the snow in that area that is located within the township.  Council concurred to sign the agreement for snow removal.  Knoebel stated that further discussion will be needed with Butler Township if the lots are located within Butler Township.  Otherwise, if the lots are located in Biglerville then the owner would have to purchase the sewer connections.  The decision on this is where the lots are located for paying their real estate taxes.  Yannetti stated that a legal review would be needed if sewer and water lines are to be located in the roadway and extended.  Knoebel reminded Barbour that all costs will be paid by the owner for any expenses to the borough.  Barbour agreed.

 

Barbour and Campbell left the meeting at this time.

 

President Ecker called on Dave Thomas from Thomas Brothers Country Store who was present to talk with the council on the possibility of their establishment selling “packaged wines and beer”.  Thomas stated that they would get the correct state license for these types of sales.  The other item is that they may hold a wine tasting event and only give samples.  The council had no objections.  Yannetti explained that the borough residents gave permission for these sales and the rules come from the Liquor Control Board.  The borough has no ordinance and needs no ordinance for these types of sales. 

 

Thomas thanked the borough council and left the meeting at this time.

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE:  The borough council held a Conditional Use Permit hearing on this date for 30 Maple Avenue from Kelli Payne at 6:45 p.m.  At this regular meeting, the council is making the decision if the permit would be granted.  Payne is requesting a Conditional Use Permit for a Home Occupation with a Massage Therapy business in her home.   Angstadt asked if the council there was any questions or discussion on this request.  None.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ANGSTADT AND SECONDED BY PANTALEO TO ACCEPT AND APPROVE THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR 30 MAPLE AVENUE PLUS THE OWNERS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL BOROUGH ORDINANCES.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

Yannetti left the meeting at this time.

 

PROPERTY/HIGHWAY COMMITTEE:  Guise discussed with the council the memo regarding our snow plowing/removal contractor going out of business in the past month.  This company has the snow plowing and snow removal bid for the winter season 2017-18.  Guise requested that the wording on the contract change from the current wording to the months of October 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019.  The secretary will make that change on the contract being sent out at this time.  Council concurred to start advertising now for this upcoming season.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY GUISE AND SECONDED BY PANTALEO TO ADVERTISE FOR SNOW PLOWING AND SNOW REMOVAL FOR THE MONTHS OF OCTOBER 1, 2018 TO MAY 31, 2019.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY GUISE AND SECONDED BY SMITH TO APPROVE THE STRAW VOTE THAT WAS TAKEN TO ADVERTISE THE INTER-MUNICIPAL AGREEMENT ORDINANCE FOR BUTLER TOWNSHIP AND TO APPROVE THE ORDINANCE.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

                                                                       

Angstadt suggested that we discuss the future of the current contract with Mentzer after this bid is let for the next season.

 

SEWER COMMITTEE:  Janet Gliem read the Sewer committee monthly report.

 

-  Treated total 9,308,000 gallons

- Average per day 300,000 gallons

- Weekly BOD, CBOD, Phosphorus, Ammonia Nitrogen, TSS, & Fecal Coliform samples 

- Weekly nitrate-nitrite & total nitrogen samples

- Monthly Copper, Final & Upstream Hardness samples

 - The new gate was installed this month at the STP.

- Pull waste pump #2 to remove clog.

- We had electrical issues this month with the Digester #1 blower.  We had Ketterman Electric here to fix.

- The comminutor quit working on the 9th.  We were able to get it up and running again.

 Kevin Bollinger

Water/Sewer Operator

 

Hays reported that the clog was created due to high flows. 

 

Knoebel reported that we are waiting on the closing with PennVest.  All the work is finished.  We have been paid the final payment from PennVest.

 

Knoebel stated that DEP sent to the borough a notice to apply for the upcoming NPDES permit which is the sewer plant permit from PA DEP.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY GLIEM AND SECONDED BY SMITH TO APPROVE FOR KPI TO START THE PERMIT FOR THE NPDES.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

Nothing to report on Knouse Foods.

 

Gliem suggested that the council members take a tour of the sewer plant.  Hays asked them to just call the sewer plant for a time to come.  He will let Kevin Bollinger know about it.

                                                           

WATER COMMITTEE:  Smith read the Water Report as follows

 

In May, our water system pumped a total of 3,389,000 gallons averaging 109,323 gal/day.  That’s 16.2% increase from April 2018 and a 12.2% increase from May 2017.

 

May’s bacteria samples were taken on the 1st at 366 Arendtsville Road (C.P.S.), 33 Musselman Ave (boro office) and 374 Heidlersburg Road (G.V.M). Wells #5 and #6 I.O.C.’s (Inorganic Compounds) which consist of metals, Fluoride and Cn Free (cyanide).  Also Well #6 Combined Uranium samples were taken.  This series of sampling is once every 3 years.

 

In May, we had four final water meter readings. 128 Fourth Street, 65 Fifth Street, 142 South Main Street and 158 Penn Street.

 

On the 9th, The Grandfathered Water Uses Registration was submitted to the S.R.B.C. (Susquehanna River Basin Commission).  The deadline was June 30th.  Doug and Kevin collected the necessary information.  Doug and Craig Zack entered the information on the S.R.B.C. website.  Doug had trouble navigating the website, so he called Craig to help.

 

On June 1st the 2017 C.C.R. was completed and mailed out to the water company customers, also a copy of the C.C.R. and the certification form was mailed to D.E.P. The due date on that report is July 1st.

 

Jerry Justice Excavating paved four water leak repairs areas, three on Main Street and one on Rice Ave. Usually we would get Matt Mentzer to do that work, but he went out of business.

 

Water/Wastewater Operator

Doug Hays

 

Hays reported that Mentzer got a new job and not able to complete our work.

 

FINANCE/PERSONNEL COMMITTEE:  Upper Adams School District (UASD) sent their request agreement for Police Services.  Council concurred to sign the same agreement as before with renewed pricing.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PRESIDENT ECKER, AS CHAIR OF FINANCE AND PERSONNEL, TO THE AGREEMENT FROM UASD AND THE BOROUGH FOR POLICE SERVICES.  THIS MOTION WAS SECONDED BY PANTALEO.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

President Ecker announced that our current auditor has provided a price for the 2019 audit at $9,650.  Council concurred to approve it.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY PRESIDENT ECKER, AS CHAIR OF FINANCE AND PERSONNEL, TO THE PRICE OF $9,650 FOR ROTZ AND STONESIFER FOR OUR AUDIT SERVICES FOR 2019.  THIS MOTION WAS SECONDED BY ELNAGGAR.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

ORDINANCE COMMITTEE:  Elnaggar reported on the Snow Emergency Ordinance.  That was amended to include a definition for Snow Emergency in the Ordinance.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ELNAGGAR TO APPROVE THE AMENDMENT TO THE SNOW EMERGENCY ORDINANCE.  THE MOTION WAS SECONDED BY SMITH.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

Elnaggar explained that she has re-considered the grass clippings ordinance and decided it was not necessary to do it.  Council concurred.

 

Elnaggar discussed the Senate Bill 251 (SB251) Radar Bill that was discussed at the Adams County Boroughs Association (ACBA) meeting.  The same bill was sent to the House of Representatives but they had changes made to it and made it more complicated.  ACBA recommended that the boroughs send a resolution to support SB251.  Council concurred. 

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ELNAGGAR TO SIGN THE RESOLUTION FOR SB251 FOR THE 2017-18 SESSION.  MOTION SECONDED BY PANTALEO.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

Elnaggar discussed the financial needs of Community Media, formally known as ACT-TV.  They are looking for support from the local municipalities through the Franchise Fees (negotiated by the municipalities with their cable provider).  The boroughs may be renegotiating their Comcast Franchise Fees and could include this request for Community Media at that time.  The borough’s contract with Comcast cable is completed in 2023.  The current Franchise Fee is 5% that is paid to the borough and Community Media is requesting 2% of that amount.  Angstadt suggested that this be discussed at the time of the 2019 budget and be reviewed with the donations.  Council concurred.  Further, the channel used for Community Media has been switched to different locations on the channel dial and Elnaggar asked the council to make a request for Comcast to keep the channel location consistent.

 

Elnaggar requested that David Bolton, Representative for the PA State Association of Boroughs be invited to the next meeting to review this request.  Council denied that request.

 

SAFETY COMMITTEE:  Pantaleo said he had no questions on the Police Report. 

 

Chief Lanious asked for Vic Woerner to be reinstalled as a Part time police officer since he got his updates completed.

 

PANTALEO MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE VIC WOERNER FOR PART TIME POLICE DUTY.  GUISE SECONDED THE MOTION.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

Chief Lanious requested approval for the vehicle repairs to the Dodge Police Cruiser at $1,048.00. 

 

PANTALEO MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE REPAIRS TO THE DODGE POLICE CRUISER AT $1,048.00.  MOTION SECONDED BY SMITH.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

Pantaleo announced that Dave Thomas, from The Country Store, received some historical records that Pantaleo can bring to the meeting for those interested in looking at them. 

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT REPORT:                              

CODE AND ZONING ENFORCEMENT REPORT

May  2018 report

 

                   

 

Lists of permits:

Address & Reason

Date Applied          Date/ Filed

 

 

24 Musselman Ave Porch

                                6/1/18

 

 

65 Fifth St – Occupancy

                                5/18/18

 

 

128 Fourth St – Occupancy

                                4/29/18

 

 

161 N Main St - Occupancy

                                5/15/18

 

 

242 E York St – Porch rebuilt

                                5/15/18

 

 

Investigation/Inspections Address:

 

 

 

63 E York St

Junk vehicles/ sent notice to remove

                                   5/7/18

 

63 Fourth St

Junk Vehicles/Sent notice to remove

                                   5/31/18

 

63 Fourth St

Grass and weeds/Sent notice

                                   5/31/18

 

63 Fourth St

Junk and debris/ sent notice

                                   5/31/18

 

30 Penn  St

Junk and debris/ sent notice

                                   5/21/18

 

30 Penn St

Grass and weeds/sent notice

                                    5/21/18

 

36 N Main  St

Grass and weeds/sent notice

                                    5/21/18

 

74 N Main St

Sign without permit/sent notice

                                   5/21/18

 

161 W York St

Grass and weeds/Sent notice

                                   5/21/18

 

301 E York St

Junk tires/sent notice to remove

                                   5/7/18

 

301 E York St

Grass and weeds/sent notice

                                   5/21/18

 

 

CITATIONS FILED

 

 

 

Name

Address – Reason

89 W York St – Junk Vehicle/ Plead guilty and paid fines 4/30

89 W York St – Junk vehicles/filed two citations on 6/1/18

Citations Filed   Status/Date

                              4/30/18

 

 

 

Wayne Smith, Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer

        

MAYOR:  Mayor Christine Ecker reported that she and Neil Ecker attended the Waste Connections electronic recycling event at Franklin Township building.  They had a very slow attendance for this event. 

 

Mayor Ecker read a letter from the Biglerville Historical Society asking for donations and a letter of support for a grant that the Society is hoping to receive.  Council concurred for the Mayor to write them a letter of support.  The donation can be reviewed at the time of the approval of the 2019 budget. 

 

OLD BUSINESS:  Adams County COG report was given by an email from Phil Wagner.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  The borough office received information on the new FEMA Flood maps.  Nothing changed for Biglerville.  No action necessary.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE GUISE AND SECONDED BY PANTALEO TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AND PAY THE BILLS AT 8:12 P.M.

 BIGLERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT         

MONTHLY ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR May 2018

27 COMPLAINTS OR SERVICE CALLS

42 TOTAL ARRESTS 38 TRAFFIC 04 CRIMINAL

02 INVESTIGATIONS 13 WARNINGS  

1151 TOTAL MILES TRAVELED 267 TOTAL HOURS WORKED

125 LANIOUS 142 HARTLEY 0 PART TIME OFFICERS

 

COMPLAINT/SERVICE CALLS

TRAFFIC ARREST

CRIMINAL ARREST

1 – Asst. Fire Dept.

20 – Max Speed

2 – Crim. Misc.

5 – Asst Other Police Dept

2 – Permitting Violation

1 – Tobacco Violation

2 – Building Checks

8 – School Zones

1 – Possession of Marijuana

2 – Community Meetings/Events

1 – Stop Sign

 

1 – Court App.

4 – Inspections

 

3 – Disorderly Conduct

1 – Driving Under Susp.

 

1 – Domestic

1 – Insurance

 

6 – Follow up calls

1 – Registration Required

 

1 – Harassment

 

 

1 – Info Call

 

 

2 – Susp. Act/Person/Vehicle

 

 

1 – Vehicle Lockout

 

 

1 – Welfare Check

 

 

40 – Traffic Stops

 

 

 

TYPE OF INVESTIGATIONS:

1 – Tobacco Violation

1 – Act 64

 

STATUS OF INVESTIGATIONS

00 Closed Unsolved

00    Unfounded

00   Under Investigation

02    Cleared 

 

STATUS OF INVESTIGATIONS YEAR TO DATE

03 CLOSED UNSOLVED

00    UNFOUNDED

04    UNDER INVESTIGATION

13    CLEARED

 

REPORTING OFFICER:  CHIEF GARY P. LANIOUS

 

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